Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

Hotels & Resorts

Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane…

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Blogger Bash!

Industry Events

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary….

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A Welcome Blog!


Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did…

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Build a Better Blog

Technology News

?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social…

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Trump’s Travel Ban Costs Business Travel Industry $185 Million


President Trump’s travel ban—an executive order that had blocked travelers from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States—has resulted in a huge loss for the travel industry. As reported by Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in a blog post, the business travel sector lost nearly $185 million in bookings…

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Best Practices When Sponsoring an Event

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Careful planning is required to get the most out of sponsoring an event. This will ensure that your company is enjoying all of the potential benefits—and there are many. Our guide reveals the best ways to accomplish your sponsorship. Before the Event Be Selective Know the type of organization you are seeking. After all, the…

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Trump’s Impact on the Travel Industry


It would be an understatement to say that change is in the air. Last week Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. While the Trump administration begins to take action, businesses are hopeful that he will keep their industries in mind. The travel industry is a major player in the…

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Pros and Cons of Virtual Annual Investor Meetings


Why you should—and shouldn’t—host a virtual investors meeting Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made a move that could forever change the face of annual investor meetings: it gave the green light to virtual stakeholder meetings. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Hewlett-Packard (HP) received an investor proposal which called for a…

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Is it Helpful to Label Employees?

BusinessCareerProfessionalTips & Tools

It can be, but it often causes a host of problems In virtually every workplace, certain traits are used to describe employees: Mary is a hard-worker, Jerry is lethargic, Tom is brilliant and Jen is chatty. Such descriptions often become labels that at best help to generally convey employees’ qualities, but at worst put them…

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Destinations Come Alive at IMEX America

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IMEX America exhibitors found creative ways to bring their properties to life How often can you say you’ve sipped coffee in Columbia, sampled chocolate from Hershey, Pennsylvania, tasted vodka in Singapore, learned to step dance in Ireland, painted parasols in Thailand and taken a virtual hard-hat tour of a not-yet-built hotel, all without walking more…

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